Matt Niskanen has become one of the most consistent defenders in the entirety of the NHL and was the Capitals most dependable defenseman in all situations, at all strengths during the 2016-17 season.
The Caps traded two second round picks to the Montreal Canadiens for Lars Eller at the 2016 Draft, looking for the Danish center to fill a hole down the middle on the third line. If Eller’s first season in DC is any indication, the trade will come good and the team will be getting another stellar year from him next season.
When it comes crashing down, and it hurts inside. John Carlson is real and he is an American. He also had what many Caps fans perceive to be an up-and-down year, but he proved near the end that he’s an integral cog in the wheel that is the Capitals defense corps.
The Hershey Bears took down their fellow Pennsylvanians and fierce rival, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins 2-1 Friday night. They have now clinched a Calder Cup Playoff spot for the third season in a row under head coach Troy Mann.
The Bears return to the postseason just one year removed from a run that took them all the way to the Finals. They were swept by a Lake Erie Monsters team that only lost two games the entire playoffs.
The team needed four straight wins and some help elsewhere in the AHL to get in this year.
Former Capitals forward Alan May may be a media member now, but that doesn’t stop him from celebrating a Caps goal as if he were still in his playing days.
Preface: Cross fingers before reading.
Braden Holtby is the greatest goaltender in the history of the NHL…at least where all-time playoff save percentage is concerned.
His career playoff save percentage is .938, which leads the entire National Hockey League world for its entire existence. Holtby’s career record in the playoffs however, is 22-24, which you can note is below .500. The Caps lose, but he ain’t the problem.
We’ve known for a couple days now that the Washington Capitals will be the top seed in the East and have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, but we won’t know who their first round opponent is until the very last day of the regular season.
After Toronto’s 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday, the pool of teams the Capitals could play in the first round went from four to two. The Caps will open the playoffs against either the Leafs or the Boston Bruins.
If you are a DC sports fan, you have been spoiled by division titles in hockey, baseball, and football of late. Now the Wizards have added their own title on the hardwood.
The Zards’ 119-108 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 28 clinched the Southeast Division title for the first time since 1979. The Capitals’ 2-0 win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night clinched the Metropolitan Division title for the Caps for the second year in a row.
Now both teams are obviously more concerned with how the final playoff seeds will turn out, but believe it or not, this is the first time that both teams have won their division in the same year. Ever.
Though Justin Williams stole his goal, Alex Ovechkin still achieved a pretty big feat on Wednesday when the Capitals clinched the NHL Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best regular season team. The 2-0 win gave the Caps their third such trophy since since 2010 and their second in a row.
The captain for all of those trophy wins? Ovechkin. He is just the second NHL captain to win it three times since its inception in 1985. The other captain is Hall-of-Fame center, Steve Yzerman, who did it five times with the Detroit Red Wings from 1994 to 2006.
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